NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORMARK PATTERSON
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORJULIAN MALINS Q.C.
First Step Coaching + Personal Application Skills Coaching
1. First step documents
- To be sent for self-study and reference which includes Application Guidelines and Programme User Manual.
2. First step coaching
- Small group workshop, conducted by one of our workshop coaches, on the following key areas:
- An introduction to the differences between graduate schemes and internships in Western international companies and why we recommend graduate schemes wherever possible
- Motivation questions and how to answer them
- Competency-based questions and the best way to approach them
- General questions and how to deal with them
- Commercial awareness and what is required to answer these types of questions
- How to produce an effective CV and cover letter
- The revision procedure and how to get the best out of the our programme
- One-to-one coaching by one of our designated CV revision coaches:
- One CV revision session
- Personalised common online application questions coaching (six main competency examples will be discussed during the coaching). Further help can be obtained by your personal coach as included in the personal coaching programme.
3. Follow up one-to-one coaching:
- Application revisions – eight sets of open questions revisions
- Further support to be provided by the personal coach
- Interview coaching – unlimited for all internship and graduate scheme applications
- Assessment centre coaching – unlimited until the first graduate scheme offer is accepted; unlimited for all internship applications
4. Application skills coaching:
- Career planning
- candidates will have the opportunity to have in-depth discussions with their coach, who has a wide range of experience and contacts in various sectors in the UK. A set of company sector lists specially selected for the candidate will be sent to the candidate after the Career planning session to help them understand their chosen industries. Candidates will be expected to start carrying out research and then start applying for positions agreed on the schedule.
- Personal development plan
- to be created by personal coach and candidates. The Plan aims to assist the coach to effectively plan how to help the candidate with basic application skills over the course of the 15 personal coaching hours included in this package.
- Vacancy research
- the personal coach will show candidates how to find opportunities through networking and how to carry out self-referrals using on-the-ground social and business activities and career fairs, university career seminars, open days, insight days organised by companies, voluntary work and through social media such as LinkedIn.
- Planning for the interview process
- practise verbal, numerical and situation judgement tests, telephone interviews, video interviews, face-to-face interviews and assessment centres, including how to dress and improve appearance.
- Motivation questions
- the personal coach must be sure that the candidate has a genuinely strong motivation before he or she makes an application to a particular job.
- Key competencies questions
- leadership, teamwork, communication skills, creativity, overcoming difficulties, innovation, problem solving, analytical and others.
- Commercial awareness-related questions
- the personal coach must facilitate the candidate’s understanding in this area by finding a few topics that interest the candidate. By reading financial news (e.g. The Economist) and practising with the coach, the candidate can get used to discussing commercial awareness issues with a professional.
- General questions
- the personal coach must prepare candidates to be able to talk effectively about personal interests, passions, hobbies and other types of questions during the entire application process.
- Business and social awareness
- how to behave in an appropriate international business manner, includes: dress, food, manners, eating and drinking, fitting in, joining in events, how to say ‘no’, and mobile phone courtesy.
- Improving written and spoken English
- the coach can assign some time for this exercise but the coach should also be aware of English improvement programmes since it is hard to make a significant difference in just a few hours.